Shakib’s return gives Bangladesh a heavy lift in the first Test against the West Indies

Chittagong, Feb 2 (AP) Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque believes that the return of veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will put his team in a better position in the two-Test series against the West Indies starting on Wednesday. Shakib will play a Test match for the first time since September 2019. He was banned for two years on charges of not being informed about being contacted for match-fixing, with a one-year sentence suspended. He returned from the ODI series against the West Indies last month and was also named Man of the Series. Mominul described him as playing ‘two players’. He said, “Such players are also valuable to the team. He can contribute to the team from both batting and bowling but more importantly, his arrival improves the team combination. “Shakib has an average of 39.40 off the bat and 31.12 off the ball. He was injured during the third match of the ODI series played on January 25 but coach Russell Domingo is expected to play in the first Test. Domingo said, “It is a difficult task to choose someone over Shakib in any format. We are confident that he will play in the first Test. They have practiced batting and bowling without any problems. “Bangladesh strengthened by Shakib’s arrival will benefit from playing in the home environment. Many West Indies players have not visited this tour due to the fear of the Corona virus which includes captain Jason Holder, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer. Bangladesh’s team will play the first Test after almost a year and West Indies coach Phil Simmons hopes that his team will take advantage of it. The West Indies have played five Tests during this period but have lost four. Simmons said, “I think after a long time his team will be a bit uncomfortable because of playing the Test.” He said, “Their team has experienced players like Tamim (Iqbal) and Shakib but they were a bit uncomfortable in the beginning May be, it may not be for a long time but we have to take advantage of it. “AP Anand Sudhirasudhir

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